Responding to the Winser Report on Accelerating electricity transmission network deployment, Aled Rowlands, External Affairs Director at Bute Energy said:
“We welcome this report from Nick Winser CBE, which recognises the challenges the UK faces to connect increasing amounts of clean, green energy to the homes and businesses that need it.
“While our proposed Green GEN Towy Usk renewable energy network is smaller and less impactful than bigger transmission-sized pylons, we know that people have differing views on new infrastructure, particularly people living closest to the proposals.
“We particularly welcome the report’s recommendations for a clear and public set of guidelines for community benefit, which we are already proposing for our projects. The proposed Green GEN Towy Usk project will provide funding for communities along the route, which could mean a pot of several million pounds a year that local organisations, charities, and community groups can access.
“As the report makes clear, a rapid response from industry and other stakeholders is required to respond to the climate emergency, reduce energy bills in the long term, and make sure communities across Wales and the UK have the energy they need for this generation and the next.”
Green GEN Cymru, part of the Bute Energy group, is proposing a renewable energy network to connect clean, green energy to the National Grid.
At Bute Energy, we’re making the Welsh weather work for Wales, developing onshore wind and solar farms across Wales that will help achieve government net zero targets, heat homes, power businesses, and charge electric vehicles. Onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective choices for new electricity in the UK – cheaper than gas, nuclear, coal and other renewables. This will reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels.
Bute Energy has a vision of a healthier, wealthier Wales that uses energy generation as a positive power for the world, for Wales, for local communities – for this and future generations. The company is based in Cardiff and is tackling the climate emergency by powering Wales with clean, green energy, and empowering our communities through investment, jobs and skills.
The company is also working with local education, training, and employability providers to create inclusive employment pathways to enter the renewable energy industry. This includes work with local colleges to enhance the provision of green skill development programmes available locally, creating green skills centres of excellence across Wales, enabling a pipeline of talent for the renewable energy industry.